Bette Davis and Errol Flynn in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Michael Curtiz, 1939)
“To be a Queen is to be less than human, to put pride before desire, to search Men’s hearts for tenderness, and find only ambition. To cry out in the dark for one unselfish voice, to hear only the dry rustle of papers of state.”
The scene from Spielberg’s World War II, European theater masterpiece, “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Jeremy Davis, Bryan Cranston, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dennis Farina and Matt Damon. And briefly, in a minor but memorable role in a beautifully made scene, Nathan Fillion.
One soldier’s story of sharing “cigs, jam and corn beef” with Germans in the First World War’s Christmas truce has come to light in a newly revealed collection of letters.
Frederick James Davies, a private in the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, described meeting German soldiers across no man’s land on Christmas Day 1914 in a letter he wrote to his mother from the front.